Blogging 101:Falling Off The Waggon

It’s the last day of the Blogging 101 chalenge i started at the start of January here on WordPress. I’m afraid i have rather fallen off the waggon on this one. To be fair though, a lot of the things have been behind the seens stuff and building up your blog. The course is primarely aimed at people who have never blogged before. Have tried to keep up with the whole thing, and the assignments looked good, but i just found that when it came to writing, that was a struggle.

That’s not to say that i haven’t been busy though-in fact the very opposite. What with doing my art class on a Thursday morning and preparing for the upcoming exhibition that we will be having, to guide dogs meetings, to campaigning meetings, to going up to Stormont with guide dogs to deliver guide dogs manifesto to the politicians, to co delivering disability equality training with ourhealth trust. Plus Parkrun every Saturday morning. So January has been a busy old month, but i haven’t felt like blogging it at the end of the day. It looks like February might be the same way, with the AGM tomorrow for Angel Eyes NI followed by a campaigning meeting on Monday. Ballymena is going through apublic relm scheme at the minute, so the whole town is a bit of a mess with roadworks usually in a different place every day. I’ve noticed though that since they have started up again after their christmas break, they seem more organised with where the roadworks are. Perhaps that is because i’m not as effected on my main routes through the town as i was before christmas. It will be interesting to see how long is left of the work for a start, and just to hear a general update i suppose.

I must thank the other bloggers in the challenge who have followed and commented on my posts. I did try to do the same, so any random comments are probably from me lol. I think i’ll just stick to blogging as and when the notion takes me though.

I’d like to thank everyone for putting up with the slight change of title of the blog. I guess “The average blog by an average blogger” was kind of boring me a little. I’m more happy with the name of the blog now i think.

Apologies for the spelling mistakes-the wordpress app keeps crashing when i go to try and eddit on my ipad which is driving me mad. It has crashed 3 times already since i started the post. I hate mistakes in my posts though.

Normal service can now resume, and although the challenge was good, i think i’ll just stick to blogging without putting pressure on myself :).

A Busy Couple Of Days

Me and Ushi have had a couple of busy days. All good fun though.

On Wednesday it was our branch meeting, which thankfully didn’t kick off between certain people but we thought it would at one point.

Yesterday we were invited to a talk held by the
Dogs trust
It was a summer scheme held by the
Hope centre
Which is an organisation that help kids who’s parents are drug and alcohol users. Or rather it helps kids who’s parents are abusing drugs.

So at about half 1, the branch organiser collected me and Ushi to head out to the dogs trust. We weren’t sure what the kids would be like given their background, but they were grand!

When we arrived, we went into the reception building first as we didn’t know where to go. Some volunteers had come in to walk some of the dogs, and there was a greyhound who happened to be in front of us. So Ushi got quite excited about that.

We had to go past the kennels to get to the barn which is used for training the dogs. So there was a major sniff fest by Ushi. The people from the dogs trust said i could let Ushi off her lead which was a good idea since she was very unsettled and i had her at the end of her lead. I got to hold a little puppy called Lotty who was a shitzu before we started our talk. It just lay in my lap. Ushi started making little weird sounds at the pup. Sort of like a whine but not a whine.

Our talk was only meant to last half an hour but we ran on for another half an hour lol. We got presented with a dogs trust mug and bag. And a rubber bracelet.

After that, the kids were taken out to do agility with some dogs from the dogs trust. I thought this was a great thing for the kids to do, and thankfully the weather was nice for them.

Today me and my rehab worker went down to a place called Lusty beg in Fermanagh. The family have two twins, with one being sighted and one being blind. They wanted to meet someone who was a twin with the same situation as theirs. My rehab worker suggested i would go and i said yes. If i could help in some way, then i would go. The little girls family were interested in applying for a
Buddy dog
But it was felt that the dog wouldn’t be much benifit since the family have two cocker spaniels of their own.

So at about 8 o’clock me and ushi were picked up. We had to stop off at another guide dog owners house first, in a place called Lack.

The lady had a black lab called Hester. Ushi and her had a great time running around, chasing each other and just being silly dogs. Ushi was exhausted afterwards!

We then headed down to Lusty beg to meet the family of the little girl. There was also a social worker from the local trust there too.

The little girl doesn’t like furry things, and doesn’t like walking on grass. I apparently didn’t like that either. She will touch their cocker spaniels, but it is on her own terms. She is very into music so she has lots of musicle toys.

The parents are very keen for her to learn braille, and have got her a perkins which i am so jealous of! It is much smaller than mine and is lighter.

We stayed talking for ages and i hope it helped a little. I have given my contact number in case she needs to contact me. I’m so glad the little girl is so independent.

Before we left Lusty Beg, we stopped to get a photo of me and Ushi with the ferry that takes you around the island behind us.
Me and Ushi with the ferry that goes across Lusty Beg Island in the background

Finally we headed off to Omagh. There is a 17 year old who is on the waiting list for a guide dog. She had some vision. We chatted for a while before she went out with her cane for a mobility lesson. Me and Ushi stayed and talked to her mum for a while. By this time Ushi was more than ready to go home.

It was a busy couple of days, and we were off on our travels again on Saturday, but i’ll write about that in a separate post. I hope i helped a little with the little girl.